Knox News!

October 2019

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Welcome To October!

Hello Knox Families!

We are off to a great start this school year. This month our ASB student leaders attended the CADA conference in Del Mar with our ASB friends from Millennial Tech Middle. We also launched our new Positive School Culture and Climate brag tag program. All Knox students have a Knox Middle lanyard. Students can earn brag tags for academic accomplishments as well as for exhibiting the Bulldog Way. This month we celebrated our students for Respect. Our October theme is: Integrity.

Knox is the proud recipient of a QSIEN (Quality School In Every Neighborhood) award for our collaboration with parents. Each month we host a parent circle as well as a parent workshop. Our Knox families had their first circle this month, as well as the opportunity to attend a Middle School Matters workshop with our Gear Up partners at CEP.

Thank you to everyone that also came out for our Computers 2 Kids event last week, as well as Back to School Night.

We are very excited for the many new partnerships we have established for this school year. In order to support our students as leaders as well as to support social-emotional learning at school, our partners will be working with our students during the week on campus.

For this school year, we have established partnerships with:


Boys to Men-Wednesday

Mending Matters-Monday

Paving Great Futures-Lunch

Star Pal-After School

US Navy-Lunch

Movement Be-Monday

You can learn more about these partnerships in the links below.

We have also begun our school-wide Advisory reading program Achieve 3000, in order to promote our school-wide literacy focus. We are excited for our students to begin to monitor their own reading growth on a daily basis. Please ask your student about this program and their current Lexile level.

We encourage all students to read for 20 minutes a night independently. Students will be checking out independent reading books during library visits with their English class.

All Knox students will have nightly math homework. Homework is assigned from a math packet that is given to the students at the start of each chapter.

Thank you for your partnership!


Principal Potter


Brag Tag Awards!!

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Bulldog Way: Respect Award

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Meet Our Science Team!!

Knox Science Update

Meet our Science team!

Ms. Peretto-Science 6/Science7
Mr. Rubira-Science 6/Science 8
Ms. White-Science 7
Ms. Barr-Science 8
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Students have math homework every night!

English Language Arts Update

During the month of October, our students will engage with grade-level text as they dive into their first novel of the year.

Our Knox focus for the year will continue to be engaging all of our students as readers and writers in all classes.

Current Units (October):

6th Grade Unit 1-The Lightning Thief

7th Grade Unit 1-A Long Walk to Water

8th Grade Unit 1- Inside Out and Back Again

Knox ELA teachers implement the Engage NY Common Core Curriculum in their classes. Please click the links above to learn more about what your student is learning in class.

Students may log into Achieve 3000 articles at home as part of their nightly homework or may read an independent reading book from the Knox library.

Parent Portal- Grades and Attendance

How To Access Grades and Attendance in Parent Portal

To get a copy of your password, please call 619-344-5500 or email

Power School Parent Portal Video-English

Directions on how to access your student's grades and attendance

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Attendance Matters

On time daily attendance is an extremely important factor in promoting student success. School starts at 8:15 every morning. We highly encourage all students to make up missed days (for any reason) on a Saturday. When students are absent, they miss 6 different class lessons. Saturday School can help provide students the time to make up missing assignments. Please ensure if your child misses a day of school, you call the main office. We will be partnering with Mending Matters to support students with excessive absences or tardies. Mending Matters group sessions will be held on Mondays for 3 hours on campus called STAY.

The STAY curriculum focuses on truancy and attendance. The school-based instruction explores factors which contribute to truancy, and the resulting consequences of missing school. Topics range from goal-setting, coping skills, support system, self-evaluation, and both personal and environmental factors that contribute to truancy.

We will continue to provide incentives to students that clear all of their missed days, showing responsible attendance!

Saturday School has started!

We are open this month on:






Each session will clear 1 full day absence and 3 tardies.

Happening on Campus this Month

10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29-After school tutoring, late bus (every Tuesday)

10/3-Minimum day

10/4-Vision screenings

10/11-P1 grading period ends

10/17-Report cards mailed home- LOP list p1 published

10/18-Great Shake Out

10/22- Chargers Outdoor Fitness Center Grand Opening-invitation only

10/24-TKF Assemblies

10/25-Pep Rally

10/28-Red Ribbon Week


October Lincoln Cluster Meeting- @ Porter Elem.

Monday, Oct. 21st, 5:30pm

445 South 47th Street

San Diego, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Join our monthly parent events!

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Knox Food Pantry and Parent Circle- Room 15

Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 8:30am

Room 15 @ Knox

Join us for a circle and community building with our Knox staff

Translation will be available.

8:45-9:30 Knox Parent Room 15

9:45-10:45- Knox Food Pantry

Please bring your empty grocery bags.

Knox Parent Workshop #2 and Food Pantry

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8:30am

Knox Room 15

Parents- Please join us for a parent health workshop on diffusing stress.

We will begin our food pantry at 10:30 am on this day.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Knox Partnerships 19-20

Key Contacts At Knox:

Principal-Heather Potter-

Vice Principal- Angelica Hueso-Garcia-

Head Counselor-M-Z- Lori Watkins-

Counselor- A-L- Sherri Penaloza-

Restorative Practices Coordinator-Jeff Ponsford-

Registration/Attendance-Leticia Alva Sanchez-

Site Tech- Power School Parent Portal- Kristen Ojetti-

Admin Assist-Linda Dozier-

Parent Liason- Marthita Huezo-

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